Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lousisiana Semi-Auto Ban Fails

BATON ROUGE-Legislation urging the New Orleans City Council to enact a citywide ban on assault weapons was shot down by a Senate committee Tuesday. The Judiciary B Committee failed to muster a single vote for House Concurrent Resolution 150 by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, killing it unanimously. The nonbinding measure is(was)an expression of the feelings of the Legislature on an issue and would have called on council members, but not required them, to act. The council can enact a ban on the assault weapons on its own. A week earlier a House committee killed a Richmond bill that would have placed a statewide ban on assault weapons or required a police background check for ownership...Christopher Rager, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, a guns-rights lobby group, said any ban adopted by the city, based on the resolution, could be unconstitutional...
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